Thursday, January 26, 2017

27 Days of Oscar: Preview

The time has come!! I have miraculously increased my readership over the past few weeks (who knew that posting every day would come in so handy!?) and thought I would give you some backstory on what is to come over the next month before we get to the Academy Awards on February 26th.

This site has allowed me so many wonderful experiences at premieres, film festivals, parties...but the base joy has always been access to movies. When I sent Sasha Stone at Awards Daily my piece on "Avatar" back in 2008...and she suggested that I could cover the East Coast film festivals for her, along with some additional work around this time of year, it was a fantastic means to see movies. For free.  As the years went by in both NYC and Los Angeles, I was very lucky to get invited to anything/everything Oscar. Then I moved to Mississippi, and things got a little more difficult. 

Back in the day, I used to make it an effort to see every film I thought would be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. I remember being so excited in 2003 when I managed to see "Gangs of New York" before nominations were announced. And there were only 5 nominees. How precious. 

By 2010, I was blogging more and feeling adventurous, so I decided it would be a good idea to see as many of the critical darlings as well as movies I thought might peak my own personal taste by the end of the year to compile a thorough top 10 list. Once I left Los Angeles, this fell by the wayside for a couple of years, but I managed to pull it back together this year. And so far, nothing I have seen post publishing has made me regret that decision.

For many years now I have made an effort to see every film nominated for the Oscar. No matter the category, no matter the length. Sometimes it takes a phone call to a studio, sometimes it's a trip to the theater or Redbox or iTunes.  When things get rough I reach out to my friends at Indiewire and The Hollywood Reporter for some extra guidance. 

I decided to chronicle the process of seeing these films in a series called, "27 Days of Oscar." Why 27 days?! Well, I had the bright idea when I saw commercials for AMC's 31 Days of Oscar and decided to copy that format. But unfortunately, at the time there were only 27 days left! Hence, 27 Days.   This year, I'm going to do things a little more differently and end the series on February 22nd, the day after the ballots are due. I love a challenge! That means tomorrow we begin. I will try to see a movie a day, hopefully allowing for some rewatches of "Moonlight" and others. Rewatches are a challenge at this time of year, but I'm going to do my best.

I'm going to begin today by watching "Passengers," a film I wanted to see, didn't want to see, and now must see.   The list is below!! Hope you enjoy this ride with me.

Brian's list to see:
The Salesman - reached out for screener
A Man Called Ove - reached out for screener
Land of Mine - have screener
Tanna - reached out for screener
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them -in theaters
Passengers - seeing today at theater
Allied - in theaters
Star Trek Beyond - redbox
Suicide Squad - redbox 
Kubo and the Two Strings - redbox
Moana - reached out for screener, but can see it in theater
My Life as a Zucchini - reached out for screener
The Red Turtle - have screener
Zootopia - redbox, reached out for screener
Deepwater Horizon, redbox
Doctor Strange - available on iTunes Feb 14
The Jungle Book - have dvd
Jim: James Foley Story - HBO GO
Trolls - redbox Feb. 7, reached out for screener
Fire at Sea - not sure about this one yet!
I Am Not Your Negro - reached out for screener
Life Animated - reached out for screener
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi  - redbox
Sully - redbox

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